Jefferson Community Foundation


main_techtrades_sat-300x225The Jefferson County Technical Trades Endowed Scholarship benefits Jefferson County high-school graduates who choose to pursue career and technical education.

Members of Olympic Economic Development and the Port Townsend Chamber of Commerce began generating money for this endowed fund by proctoring SAT exams and donating the proceeds. They continue to grow this fund yearly through proctoring SAT exams. Their first scholarship was awarded in 2014.

2017 Jefferson County Technical Trades Scholarship: Jenny Monfore

Jenny attended the Port Townsend School of Woodworking during the winter of 2017. “I’ve been traveling to various regions of the country for a decade, pursuing unique learning opportunities in order to acquire the skills needed to achieve my goals. By interning on small homestead farms, I’ve gained some simple skills in rough carpentry and rustic construction. I’m ready to take my basic skill set to the next level and learn from professional craftspeople.”  Jenny completed her course in the spring and in her own words, “Now I am excited to be embarking on the next seasonal chapter of my life, using my woodworking and related life skills in true homesteader fashion – repairing farm structures, sharpening garden tools, and turning into the capable handy woman I’ve always wanted to be.”

2017 Jefferson County Technical Trades Scholarship: Riley Gabriel

Riley will be attending the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building (NWSWB) this fall. Riley is already a quite accomplished individual with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Forests and Farming from Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University, and diversified work experiences including forestry, farming and serving as a deckhand on a commercial wooden vessel out of Ketchikan, Alaska. It was this taste of marine life that gave Riley a desire to develop a skillset to pursue a long-term path in marine work. Riley describes her long-term goals as finding a niche in the boatbuilding community as both a craftsman and an advocate for women in the trades.

2016 Jefferson County Technical Trades Scholarship: Andrew Ziskis

2015 Jefferson County Technical Trades Scholarship: Greggory Robert Should

2014 Jefferson County Technical Trades Scholarship: Serena Vilage